For someone my age, with an embryo which is the age of my sister (six years younger) and my husband (eight years younger), my chance of conceiving with each transfer is around 30%. But if I get acupuncture it rises to around 50%. With odds like that, I’m definitely in for some needles.
I usually get acupuncture about once a month to keep me healthy. But last week I had needles on the day of my transfer as well as a few days later on Thursday. I’m going again this Wednesday.
I also usually practice ashtanga yoga three to four times a week but have stopped it following my transfer. I have decided this as yoga is seen by some as a danger to growing embryos and something to be avoided in the first trimester. This is because (particularly with ashtanga), the practice increases heat in the body – a bit like a sauna – which can be detrimental to early pregnancy. Also, moves involving twists can also be harmful.
It’s hard to know what to do, especially as there are no studies on this out there. My yoga teachers say they will support me regardless of whether I choose to continue or temporarily suspend my practice. Does anyone have any info/advice on this subject they could volunteer?